Jennifer Garner Says Support from Others Has Helped During Ben Affleck Split
The 'Miracles From Heaven' star also talks about how the faith-based film's approach to religion appealed to her.
Jennifer Garner is making the rounds to promote her latest movie, Miracles From Heaven, which is now in theaters. And while the actress has talked about the faith-based film inspired by a true story and the role of religion in her own life, she's also frequently been asked about her split from Ben Affleck, with the pair announcing plans to divorce this summer after 10 years of marriage.
Miracles From Heaven, which Garner filmed shortly after she and Affleck announced their divorce, is her first movie to be released since the split. (Incidentally, Affleck's first movie since the split, Batman v. Superman, hits theaters a little over a week later, on March 25).
While she talked at length about their decision to separate and how it's affected her in a revealing Vanity Fair cover story, fans are still wondering how she's doing and, as Today co-host Savannah Guthrie told Garner on Wednesday's show, want to give her a hug.
Garner appreciated the sentiment and said that support from other people has really helped her during what's been a difficult time.
"It's not easy to go through it — period," Garner said during her Today interview. "I have found going through it in the public eye, it's just another facet of it. But for anyone, when your life shifts in any way, it's tricky enough. But I have found people to be so warm and loving that it hasn't been nearly as bad as you might imagine."
Garner, who plays the mother of a young girl suffering from an incurable disease in Miracles, is one of a number of mainstream stars turning to religious movies. Indeed, in promoting the film, she's discussed how it's helped her return to church and how she went every Sunday and had her kids baptized in her family church.
But the actress admitted that she still feels a bit uneasy talking about her own faith, noting, "It's not something that I have ever spoken about before this film."
And she appreciated that while religion plays a role in the movie, the film doesn't try to convert people.
"It's not preaching to you at all, which I loved and was very important to me," said Garner. "It presents a family for whom faith is a very important part of their journey, but it is not saying you have to believe a certain way to have anything."